Well it seems that the holidays are now well and truly over. I have already been back to work a week and my days seem to be a bit topsy-turvy at the moment; some people don’t even start back at work until Monday, and are still wringing out the last drop of holiday cheer (not that I blame them), whereas I am back into the swing of things with gusto!

When I came home from work today, Mr Grump had taken down all of the decorations and they have been put away ready for next year. I have to say that for me, once New Years Day is over then it is time to put everything away (Mr Grump was a bit  tender-headed on New Year’s Day and it didn’t get done). I like the house to be back to normal; although it looks bare without the decorations, cards and lights, it is uncluttered and fresh, ready to face the year ahead

There is something so exciting about the beginning of a new year stretching out in front of you.It ‘s like virgin snow, unblemished, just waiting for you to decide which way you will go. There are many pathways but they are all hidden under the snow, and won’t become visible for some time, so you have to choose wisely. Many people make resolutions so that they can try and improve their journey through life, but as I have mentioned before, this doesn’t work for me.

Yes I definitely want to try new things this year. There is always something new to learn, and I like to challenge myself to gain more skills. Last year it was learning how to sew. Well, actually I mean make things, things I can wear, or things I can use. I did make things. I made myself and Miss Hap matching circle skirts out of a fabric that had different coloured fish on it. I was pleased with them, thought they were nice and summery. Miss Hap was NOT impressed. It is not cool to have a home-made (badly) skirt, and it is doubly uncool for your Mum to have the matching one. She did however like the advent bag, I made her as I didn’t realise how big it was, and I had to buy a chocolate bar rather than a chocolate coin or something so it didn’t look lost in the giant bag!

My rubbish attempt at making a skirt.
My rubbish attempt at making a skirt.

My sewing endeavours will still continue this year, as there are definitely improvements to be made on that front (learning to follow a pattern correctly is always a good place to start)! However there are many other things that are waiting for me to try my hand at this year, and I shall no doubt be lunging at them in my usual gung-ho manner. you never know, I might even find something that I am good at!